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Dax Calder is in over his head. He’s taken a job in Kenya, far from the U.S., where he lives with his eleven-year-old identical twin girls, Ivy and Fern. While in Kenya, Dax is desperate to find someone to look after his girls while he works on a new project for the oil company that’s employed him. Upon observing a young, attractive woman, Pippa Harper, patiently giving a tour to six children, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. He’ll pay her an inflated wage if she’ll watch his girls until he can find a nanny to replace the one who just quit. Did I mention she is nanny number seven (or eight)? Pippa is no fool. The money will help her to expand and accelerate the education program she provides to village children who wouldn’t otherwise be given an opportunity to learn how to read. But these twin girls are no ray of sunshine in the behavior category. They’re starving for attention, as Pippa will soon learn.
Having grown up in Kenya with her mom on the Busara Elephant Research and Rescue Camp, Pippa’s all about preservation and environmental conservation and all that. Meanwhile, Dax is selling his soul by abandoning his true love of researching seismic activity in exchange for the large paycheck he’ll receive developing subterranean maps so that the oil company can drill or frack in Kenya’s wilderness, which could stir up earthquakes. Dax is cautiously withholding that information from Pippa, but his heart is another matter. What will she think of him if she finds out who he’s working for and what he’s doing? Can feelings supersede principles?
I loved this book!! Rula Sinara is an amazing storyteller who knows how to develop a convincing love story. The evolution of Dax and Pippa’s relationship was so beautifully orchestrated. Ms. Sinara is also very good at educating us about foreign affairs and unfamiliar cultures. I am always enlightened and fulfilled by her stories.
There is only one book left in this series beyond The Twin Test, and I will be so sad to see it end. The first book in the series, The Promise of Rain, was the first Harlequin Heartwarming book I ever read and I haven’t looked back since.
I highly recommend this book, and the entire series. I look forward to the sixth and final book, The Marine’s Return.
Have a great week everyone!! And thanks for reading. ☺️
Coast Guard petty officer, Jay Johnston, is leading too complicated a life to pursue an interest in attractive Veterinarian, Mia Frasier. With five siblings to parent, along with his work, there’d be no time to nurture a relationship.
Mia’s father was a Naval Officer who took virtually no interest in her, and moving the family from place to place didn’t help her loneliness. Mia determined that she’d never enter into a relationship with anyone in the military. But how can she resist the attraction she feels for the guarded, handsome coast guard officer who saved her life?
Summer at the Shore started off perilous, jolting me to attention and glueing me to its pages. It mellowed into a steady pace with dysfunctional family dynamics, irresistibly loving animals, a little mystery and a very satisfying HEA.
I can’t go wrong with a Heartwarming, sweet romance book. They’re tender, warm reads that leave me feeling comforted and in anticipation of my next one.
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A Family Like Hannah’s by Carol Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
💚💚💚💚💚 I loved A Family Like Hannah’s. Carol Ross has done it again with the fourth installment of her Season’s of Alaska series. At times heart wrenching, but mostly heartwarming, A Family Like Hannah’s is yet another example of her skill at creating solid, evocative stories. Carol Ross’s books exude a warmth and tenderness that immediately captures your attention and holds it as the story unfolds. Indicative of this is the natural, convincing way her characters find love. Hannah James, the principal character in A Family Like Hannah’s, is getting her life back on track after a tragic accident almost ended it. Still good natured, adventurous and athletic despite what she’s been through, Hannah’s dream has come true as co-partner and project manager for Snowy Sky, a ski resort in Rankins, Alaska. Tate Addison, Consultant for Snowy Sky, and unbeknownst to Hannah a dominant shareholder, has plans that threaten to upend her vision for the resort, and the two don’t get off to a promising start. Notwithstanding this, Hannah can’t deny her attraction to the handsome Tate. He’s stepped in to care for his neglected 6-year old nephew, Lucas, whom Hannah has come to adore. These factors and others endear Hannah to Tate, but Tate’s background of the same neglect and pain that Lucas endured initially causes him to conclude that Hannah is just too good for him with her large, perfect family and her seemingly unblemished life. He isn’t aware that Hannah’s hiding a secret that could halt any chances of the couples’ friendly relationship advancing to the next level anyway. Nevertheless, feelings between the two can’t be denied. Hannah is great with kids, especially Lucas, and she has an effect on Tate like no other woman he’s ever known. If they want to be together, the couple will have to see beyond the impediments that can easily keep them apart. The way they do this demonstrates Carol Ross’s adept ability to concoct sweet stories with a happy ending that leaves you feeling contented, satisfied and in anticipation of her next book so that you can revisit characters you’ve grown to love.
It was a delight to return to Rankins Alaska and to be reunited with characters from the first three books in the Season’s of Alaska series. And yet, A Family Like Hannah’s can certainly be enjoyed on its own. If an engrossing story with great characters, a sweet romance and a happy ending is what you’re looking for in your next read, you’ll love A Family Like Hannah’s. I did. Highly recommended.
I received a free copy of A Family Like Hannah’s from the author. No compensation was collected for my honest review.
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The Bluebird Bet by Cheryl Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
💙💙💙💙💙 Elaine Watson, Tall Pines doctor, is determined to purchase the neglected Bluebird Inn from a patient and owner of the Inn, Robert Collins. Robert’s beloved wife, Martha Collins, took pride in The Bluebird Inn and her labor of love was a beautiful place that Elaine fondly remembers visiting with her parents when she was just a girl. Martha is gone now and along with her went the meticulous efforts of maintaining the Inn. When a health crisis nearly takes Robert’s life, save the good doctor Elaine’s diligent care, he decides not to continue taking life for granted by heading out on his own travel adventures. What will become of the Bluebird Inn? Elaine refuses to acknowledge her childhood place of contentment being lost forever, so she offers to purchase and restore it. Only problem is Robert’s son Dean is just as determined and wants to turn the Inn into a fishing camp. Who ultimately wins this battle of wills, and what will become of the old Bluebird Inn? Will the good doctor employ her instinctively caring nature and physician’s training to help a wounded man heal, or is this war at all costs to obtain the Inn she wants to call her own?
I loved, loved, loved this Heartwarming story! The Bluebird Bet is Book #2 in the Welcome To Tall Pines series; A Minute On The Lips was the first (which was also great). Cheryl Harper’s fluid storytelling skills and sense of humor pulled me into the narrative and I felt immediately connected to the characters, setting and the story overall. Devouring 100+ pages in one sitting without stirring is a great feat for me and means that I am thoroughly enjoying the writer’s style. This was my experience with The Bluebird Bet. Great story, fun and endearing characters, lovely setting, familiar friends and a convincing love story with a happy ending. Would you like those elements in your sweet romance story? Then you’re sure to love The Bluebird Bet.
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His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Jodi Chapman has a real dilemma on her hands. A single parent to her 4-yr. old autistic son Tyler, she wants desperately for him to attend Wonders Primary, a school with staff that’s trained to give specialized help to children like Tyler. The problem is tuition is $16,000 a semester and Jodi doesn’t have that kind of money. She can’t even count on her low-life ex-husband who abandoned his family because he couldn’t deal with having a son with autism. To make matters worse he’s looking to decrease his child support payments. Just when things are beginning to look hopeless Jodi’s boss assigns her to a project that involves buying up farms for the company, Midland Corp., from struggling farmers in her home town of Cedar Bay, Vermont. If she can acquire 5,000 acres of farmland she will get a bonus and promotion that will enable Tyler to attend Wonders Primary. But in the process will she lose the respect of her former boyfriend and nemesis, Daniel Gleason, whom she left behind in Cedar Bay 10 years prior without explanation?
Karen Rock wrote a beautiful wholesome romance story of love, redemption and healing. While conflicts in life are inevitable, help can be attained when we’re willing to look in the right direction and accept it. His Hometown Girl will tug at your heartstrings with its intimate look at autism, the value of close-knit community in times of hardship, and the realization that things are not always what they may appear to be; that assuming what seems to be the obvious is not always right.
If you’re looking for a sweet romance read with a little conflict, a bit of stubbornness and just the right amount of love, you’re sure to enjoy His Hometown Girl. I loved it!!
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💛💛💛💛💛 What a creative, sweet, heartwarming story this was!! I loved this book!! A former True Love reality show bachelor, Rick Allyn, was embarrassed and humiliated on national television when he was rejected by the woman he thought would be his wife. Heartbroken and his life practically ruined by the experience, Rick tries to move on. Now five years later Elizabeth (Lizzy) Maier, producer of the show that destroyed him, was back and proposing that he return to the show. Perhaps he could find his one true love again. But Rick isn’t having any of it. He isn’t about to make that mistake again, unless of course Elizabeth agrees to have him re-appear on HIS terms. Not much of a reality show fan myself I have to admit I didn’t think I’d appreciate the premise of this book. I was wrong!! I really enjoyed it!! It was a page-turner and I found myself just as interested as Rick was to find out who his true love would turn out to be. Syndi Powell was spot-on with this one. This was a great story—fun, original and heartwarming. It kept me in anticipation until the very end. Very nicely written and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys sweet, wholesome love stories.
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💚💚💚💚💚 I adored this book!! The storyline, setting, characters and conclusion were all well developed, and I remember thinking on several occasions how I couldn’t believe this was the author’s first novel. I thought it was so well written. There were laugh-out-loud moments, some treachery and deceit, and of course a sweet romance. The story flowed so nicely—I never felt bored. When you can get lost in a story you know it’s a winner, and since that’s what Mountains Apart did for me, I’d call it a winner. I recommend it to anyone who loves great wholesome romance novels.